If I was a disciple at this point in time, I would have been confused. And possibly terrified. Here, the guy I’ve been following for 3 years, is telling me that the future is going to be horrible. It’s going to be full of persecutions, and it’s going to have sorrow. There will be people who literally hate me. BUT DON’T WORRY GUYS. There will be something I’m sending you that will help you, and it will all be worth it in the end.
I would really have to trust to be able to keep calm about that … but maybe it’s because I know what is going to happen next. I don’t always trust even in my life today. But I’m supposed to. I like to be liked by other people. I like happy endings and good feelings, but I’m not always going to have them. However, Jesus has overcome the world, so I can take heart (16:33). The trick is to remember this in the bad times and in the good times.